Archive for Models

Jayne Mansfield

Posted in Fairview Cemetery (PA) with tags , , on March 8, 2021 by Cade

April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967

Ah, the Hollywood machine of the 1950s and ’60s. The golden age of studio-driven film making. Every studio had its own stable of actors, directors and writers. There were film crews on every backlot and a blonde bombshell on every corner. With the rise in popularity of quintessential bombshell, Marylin Monroe, 20th Century Fox hedged their bets…and got themselves a second one. Continue reading

Dorothy Stratten

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on February 14, 2014 by Cade

stratten1February 28, 1960 – August 14, 1980

Hollywood. Amiright?

Dorothy Stratten was smack in the middle of her Hollywood dream (by way of becoming Playboy’s Playmate of the Year) when she was murdered by the very man who had hitched his way on her coattails all the way from Vancouver. She had turned her popularity from the men’s magazine into a budding film career and even found herself in a relationship with a real-life Hollywood director. Of course, her jealous (and unstable) husband didn’t like that, so he did what any rational person would do: killed her and himself with a shotgun after an argument about money and divorce.

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Bettie Page

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , on July 26, 2013 by Cade

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April 22, 1923 – December 11, 2008

It’s the classic story:

Girl is voted “Most Likely To Succeed” in high school.
Girl begins modeling and becomes an underground sensation in New York camera clubs.
Girl’s photos go mainstream and she becomes “Queen of the Pin-ups.”
Girl becomes a born-again Christian.
Girl leaves the public eye.
Girl works for Rev. Billy Graham.
Girl is diagnosed with schizophrenia and maybe attacks a couple of old people.
Girl still becomes a pop culture icon to new generations long after her career ends.
Girl dies quietly in relative obscurity at the age of 85. Continue reading

Marilyn Monroe

Posted in Westwood Memorial Park with tags , , , on February 19, 2013 by Cade

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June 01, 1926 – August 05, 1962

I mean, it’s Marilyn. How much do I have to say here?

She was perhaps the biggest sex symbol in 20th century America.  She was romantically linked to baseball players, playwrights and presidents.  She was the ultimate rags to riches story.  She liked to party.   One night, at the age of 36, she took too much Nembutal – maybe by her own choice, maybe by someone else’s – and Elton John wrote a song about her.

Goodbye, Norma Jean. Continue reading